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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is well prepared to meet the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2027 zero trust architecture goal, officials said on Nov. 7 at a DISA press conference.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it has committed another $183 million in funding through its Emergency Connectivity Program to help close the “homework gap” by providing digital services for students nationwide.

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Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs indicated today he sees no threats to election infrastructure that would jeopardize a fair midterm election, and bitterly decried people that cast doubt on the integrity of the election process with no firm evidence to back up their claims.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve its collaboration with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to better protect the health care sector from cyberattacks – and designate a senior leader to lead the agency’s cyber efforts.

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With issues ranging from safeguarding national security, improving the constituent experience, and tackling climate change, government agencies from the Federal level down to local municipalities have their proverbial plates full of initiatives that will shape our country – and the world – for generations to come. Google’s new Public Sector division will explore the technology that will advance these issues at its upcoming Government Summit, taking place on November 15, 2022, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced on Nov. 3 plans for a new space bureau that will better support the needs of a growing satellite industry and promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC.

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Equity in healthcare services is a big problem plaguing many minority and immigrant groups in the United States, but one with the potential for technology-driven cures, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official said on Nov. 3 at GDIT’s Emerge Health 2022 event.

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A new report from the U.S. Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) finds that three-quarters of “ransomware-related incidents” tracked by FinCEN originated from or were connected to the Russian Federation during the second half of 2021.

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The U.S. Army has unveiled a final solicitation for a potential $900 million, multiple-award contract to acquire broad technology development and integration services as the service branch moves forward with its modernization and innovation agenda.

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Two senior Federal officials doing vital work on climate issues are preaching to the younger generation a message to join the government workforce so they can help stave off the worst outcomes of climate change – despite what one called the “crap money.”

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Two Defense Department (DoD) organizations are partnering to improve global weather sensing applications by contracting for industry development of ground, air, and space-based technologies, according to a press release from Oct. 26.

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The White House on Nov. 1 wrapped up its two-day International Counter Ransomware Initiative (CRI) Summit that produced a lengthy list of goals for participant countries to shoot for in curbing ransomware attacks.

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Matt House, who was named program manager of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program last week, sketched out some principles in the program’s path forward today at FCW’s CDM summit event.

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As agencies work to implement the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program capabilities, agency officials today said that operational technology (OT) has proved to be “one of the biggest challenges” for the program – and represents an unknown territory for both CISA and partner agencies.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to release in the coming days a detailed strategy for its ambitious department-wide zero trust security strategy, said Randy Resnick, director of Zero Trust Portfolio Management at DoD, during FCW’s CDM Summit event on Nov. 2.

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The Commerce Department’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) component is gearing up to facilitate a big push to build local technology hubs across the country, according to Alejandra Y. Castillo, assistant Commerce secretary and head of the EDA, who spoke at a Nov. 1 event organized by Route Fifty.

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Experts in data science and health shared expectations on Nov. 1 for the newly established Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (or ARPA-H), including that it should incorporate social determinants of health into its research and think about a reusable data structure.

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